A Stylish Movie: American Gigolo

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American Gigolo (1980) stars Richard Gere as Julian Kay, an escort for wealthy women who is framed for the murder of one of his clients and the theft of her precious jewels. The movie was written and directed by Paul Schrader (of Taxi Driver fame) and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer. American Gigolo is often listed among the top style movies of all time. The movie burst on the scene at the end of the bell-bottom disco era and stood as a preview … [Read more...]

A Stylish Movie: Bonnie and Clyde

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Bonnie and Clyde (1967) stars Faye Dunaway as Bonnie Parker, a bored small-town girl, and Warren Beatty as Clyde Barrow, a small-time ex-con. The movie romanticizes the couple's string of bank robberies that made newspaper headlines and caught the imagination of the Depression-era public. Faye Dunaway is lovely in pencil skirts, berets and silk scarves. Warren Beatty is equally stylish in double-breasted suits, vests, spectator shoes and hats. … [Read more...]

Style Movie: The King’s Speech

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It is over a year since I last contributed to this series. The simple truth of the lapse is that though I must have seen over 50 films in that period, none of them stirred anything inside me which was capable of inspiration. None, that is, until I saw The King’s Speech. A film that has received plaudits from far and wide – from the New York Times to Her Majesty herself – it is easy to regard The King’s Speech ‘superficially’ as … [Read more...]

Stylish Television: Boardwalk Empire

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Boardwalk Empire is an original television series that premiered this fall on HBO. The show follows Enoch “Nucky” Thompson (played by Steve Buscemi) who is a powerful politician and gangster in control of Atlantic City at the dawn of Prohibition.  The show was created by Terence Winter, the Emmy Award-winning writer of The Sopranos. The first episode was directed by Academy Award Winning Director Martin Scorsese. The shows producers have … [Read more...]

Wall Street II

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This week the long awaited Wall Street II: Money Never Sleeps hit the big screen. With Michael Douglas reprising the role of anti-hero Gordon Gekko, the ruthless, street-fighting financier, it promises much. As the original remains one of my favourite films I sincerely hope it delivers. The original Wall Street defined a decade, Thatcherism and Raganomics both. For years strutting peacocks in the city expounded “lunch is for wimps” and … [Read more...]